Holes Literacy Stations
Set up thought provoking tasks at stations for your students to cycle through. They enjoy the movement as they learn more about the novel and explore it with greater depth. This is an engaging and entertaining formative assessment. With a little preparation and careful instructions, students can move through eight novel based activities with simply a “rotate” from the teacher every 9-10 minutes.
This is a great way to culminate a study of your novel unit. It can also be used as a group of Common Formative Assessments. Students are organized into multiple "learning stations". I’ve used learning stations with high school students for fifteen years.
Using stations with older students adds interest and engagement to any lesson. A student that was disengaged becomes receptive and interested when asked to complete a tactile assignment and to work as a team to accomplish several tasks in a timely manner. The stations are fast moving and usually produce a product. Upper level students enjoy the fast pace and high interest of station work. This activity takes a little planning, but the educational component becomes a student driven learning experience.
This learning structure really lets the teachers become the facilitator and the student becomes the creator. It’s that 80% vs. 20% relationship that we all strive for.
Students were grouped in threes or fours and students rotated between stations every 8-10 minutes.
Check out the other stores I offer as well as interesting projects like these:
Alternative Summative Assessments for any Novel or Short Story
Fairy Tale Planning Chart for High School and Middle School
The Mandala Project: Use with any Short Story, Novel, or Poem
The Superhero Project: The Hero in Literature
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